Torture doesn’t lead to accurate information |

Torture doesn’t lead to accurate information

Dear Editor:Abu Ghraib reminds me of the famous 1972 Stanford Prison Study. In the study, amicable students role-played as guards or inmates in a realistic enactment of prison confinement.Within hours of beginning the experiment, atrocities occurred to the prisoners. The conditions and seriousness of the effects, on both the guards for what it brought out in them and the prisoners for what it subjected them to physically and mentally, deteriorated so rapidly that the experiment had to be shut down within two weeks. It concluded that strict protocols and training is needed to prevent guards from committing degrading acts against prisoners.Imagine then, an Iraqi citizen humiliated and forcefully dragged from her (Iraqis are particularly outraged by our confinement of their women) house in the middle of the night and without due process incarcerated by soldiers who are conditioned to view her as an enemy terrorist with information requiring interrogation. One imagines the fate that person will undergo until their release.The FBI will tell you that a tortured person does not give accurate information. The tortured ones quickly lose a sense of reality or they will say anything to stop the torment. To obtain good information the FBI places friendly, congenial agents among potential informants.One could accurately describe the many prison camps in Afghanistan and Iraq as training centers designed to produce people who are emotionally deranged enough to blow themselves up in acts of vengeance.John Hoffmann Carbondale

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